After getting outscored 28-7 the last two games in Cleveland, the Cincinnati Reds (15-24) look to return the favor, as the Cleveland Indians (19-17) come to the Queen City for the next two nights to conclude the four game series.
The Reds optioned Jose Peraza and Layne Somsen to AAA Louisville. To fill their 25-man roster spots, the team recalled RHP Jumbo Diaz, and purchased the contract of RHP Keyvius Sampson from Louisville. To make room on the 40-man roster for Sampson, the Reds transferred Homer Bailey to the 60-day DL.
|Mike Clevinger (AAA)||3.03||3.29||0.5||11.6%||24.7%|
Cleveland optioned Monday’s starter, Cody Anderson, to AAA after allowing six runs over 4.2 innings to the Reds. In his place, they have promoted 25 year old righty Mike Clevinger to start tonight and make his major league debut. Fangraphs ranked Clevinger as #6 on the Indians pre-season prospect list.
Clevinger really found his post-Tommy John surgery groove in Double-A this past season, locating all his pitches and showing three secondary offerings that have viable big league futures. Though he may be more of a finesse pitcher in the majors, his slider and changeup have the potential to induces whiffs if he sharpens his command further…He doesn’t have the velocity or movement on his fastball to just pound the zone, so he likely will need two of his other pitches to be real threats to be a dependable option in the rotation.
Brandon Finnegan started the 2016 season by allowing just four earned runs over his first three starts, and the team won two of those three games. However, Finnegan has allowed 17 runs over his last five games (25.1 innings) giving up six homeruns, walking 13 compared to striking out just 16. The Reds have lost the last five games that Finnegan has taken the mound.
PITCHERS REHAB PROGRESS
Zach Buchanan has updates on the status of several pitchers currently on the DL:
— Michael Lorenzen is about a month and a half from returning to the rotation. He has just started throwing off the mound, so his progress is about where pitchers are when they first report to Spring Training in mid-February. However, there is discussion of using him as a reliever instead of a starter, which would allow the club to activate him earlier.
— Jon Moscot threw 69 pitches in his first rehab start on May 15 and will receive another one on May 20.
— Anthony DeSclafani threw his second bullpen session Tuesday. Reds brass will discuss today when DeSclafani would start his own rehab stint, but he’s expected to need at least two starts before being called up.
|SP: Michael Clevinger||SP: Brandon Finnegan|
|1. Rajai Davis (CF)
2. Jason Kipnis (2B)
3. Francisco Lindor (SS)
4. Mike Napoli (1B)
5. Jose Ramirez (LF)
6. Yan Gomes (C)
7. Marlon Byrd (RF)
8. Juan Uribe (3B)
9. Michael Clevinger (P)
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Tyler Holt (LF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)
COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
preacherj hit the nail dead square on the head in last night’s game thread:
05/17/2016 at 8:15 pm
I just let my wife turn on her Mexican soap operas. Right now they are more entertaining and at least i feel justified for not understanding what is happening.
I’m not sure if you’re watching Reds baseball or Mexican soap operas tonight, but if whatever your show of choice, please drop by and discuss it here.